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Ottawa Sun, 03 Nov 2016 - One of Ottawa's 17 illegal pot shops has been forcibly closed. A bailiff arrived at the CannaGreen dispensary on Roydon Place Wednesday to enforce an eviction order. The shop had continued operating after an eviction notice was posted on the door Tuesday and the locks were changed.
Toronto Star, 02 Nov 2016 - Report says government goals with legalized cannabis would call for delicate fiscal balance OTTAWA- The parliamentary budget watchdog is being a bit of a buzz kill when it comes to forecasting government revenue windfalls from legalized marijuana.
Globe and Mail, 02 Nov 2016 - The parliamentary budget watchdog says Ottawa stands to generate hundreds of millions of dollars - not billions - from the first year of recreational marijuana sales, and that the black market will continue to bloom if the federal government applies much more than a sales tax on legal pot. In a report released on Tuesday, the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer says sales tax revenue could be as low as $356-million and as high as $959-million, with a likely take of about $618-million based on legalized retail cannabis selling for $9 a gram - in line with current street prices.
Pueblo Chieftain, 29 Oct 2016 - The legalization of retail marijuana stores two years ago has had profound impacts on the city and county of Pueblo. Some good. Some bad. Now, the time has come for Pueblo voters to decide whether the benefits outweigh the negatives.
Pueblo Chieftain, 31 Oct 2016 - Colorado has led the charge for legalization of marijuana and many states are following suit and are entertaining the legalization of marijuana in this year's elections. What most people do not know is that Colorado has a public health problem directly related to marijuana and that 70 percent of Colorado municipalities have voted no to having legalized marijuana in their community.
Globe and Mail, 01 Nov 2016 - Medical-marijuana patients won a court battle at the beginning of this year allowing them to grow their own cannabis at home, but they have no legal way to obtain the seeds or seedlings at an affordable price. Ottawa tweaked its medical cannabis regime two months ago, after a Federal Court ruling in February found the government was "over broad and arbitrary" in banning home growing in favour of a mail-order system supplied by a network of large commercial growers.
The Courier, 01 Nov 2016 - Findlay City Council made sure to give its two-year moratorium on medical marijuana a final vote Tuesday, but tabled legislation that would continue funding for the Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County through the city's hotel/motel bed tax. Council voted 9-1 to enact a ban on dispensing, cultivating or processing medical marijuana within city limits until Sept. 8, 2018. That will be exactly two years from the date the Ohio Legislature legalized the drug. Council plans to revisit the ban once state officials establish rules, which is expected to take at least two years.
Medicine Hat News, 29 Oct 2016 - The provincial government's announcement Thursday of funding to establish safe, supervised sites for opioid use is absolutely commendable, but unfortunately also like closing the barn door after the horse has bolted when it comes to the ever-growing crisis of fentanyl and opioid addiction and deaths in Alberta. From January 2015 to the end of June this year there were 427 deaths in Alberta associated with the highly-addictive and deadly opioid, fentanyl. Of those, 21 were in the South Zone. The increase has been dramatic, even spiralling.
Metro, 31 Oct 2016 - Regardless of what you call it, Alberta is getting into the business of harm reduction by giving drug users a safe place to take their drugs. Late last week the province announced it would provide funding for agencies working to establish supervised consumption sites, but for our neighbours to the west, these sites are known as supervised injection sites.
The Calgary Sun, 31 Oct 2016 - Legal weed is coming, and the city wants to keep its voice in the federal government's ear rather than see its chance to be part of the conversation go up in smoke. As the feds inch closer toward a spring 2017 timeline to unveil legislation on the legalization of marijuana, city administration will offer up a proposed advocacy position to the intergovernmental affairs committee at their meeting Thursday.
Maple Ridge Times, 27 Oct 2016 - School board wants to see Narcan kits in high schools. Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board is looking to the province to put Narcan kits in every high school in B.C. The motion to bring anti-overdose kits to local high schools passed unanimously at last night's school board meeting, led by school trustee Susan Carr.
Ottawa Sun, 29 Oct 2016 - Two dispensaries charged with zoning violations Magna Terra Health Services in Stittsville was hit with a zoning violation notice from bylaw officers. Ottawa bylaw officers are the latest authorities to take a swat at the pot shops popping up around town.
Toronto Star, 26 Oct 2016 - Move to be licensed producer of cannabis comes as federal government grapples with legalization Shoppers Drug Mart confirmed Tuesday it had submitted an application to become a licensed medical marijuana producer, a move that medical marijuana producers welcomed.
McGill Tribune, 25 Oct 2016 - One of Justin Trudeau's flashiest policies has been his promise to legalize marijuana. Taking advantage of 4/20 this past April, his government announced that it will be instated in the spring of 2017-only one year later. We're halfway through that time, and his policy remains vague and shallow. Trudeau is waiting on results from the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, but the lack of information this close to its proposed implementation is unsettling. One of the most glaring gaps is that the Liberal government's website doesn't explain how it plans to keep the drug out of the hands of youth-it offers no details, and only asks for a signature in support. When discussing how legalization should be accomplished, Trudeau must clarify how he intends to protect youth from excessive marijuana use and be committed to educating them on the adverse health effects and safety risks.
New York Times, 25 Oct 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO - To the red-and-blue map of American politics, it may be time to add green. The movement to legalize marijuana, the country's most popular illicit drug, will take a giant leap on Election Day if California and four other states vote to allow recreational cannabis, as polls suggest they may. The map of where pot is legal could include the entire West Coast and a block of states reaching from the Pacific to Colorado, raising a stronger challenge to the federal government's ban on the drug.
The Muse, 26 Oct 2016 - In an ingenious campaign tactic, Justin Trudeau threw a campaign curveball at reporters in this country by promising to legalize and regulate the use of marijuana. What made the tactic especially clever was its timing; early enough that centrists forgot about it, but late enough that liberal reformists were excited about it through until Election Day. Considering that 59 per cent of Canadians supported legalizing marijuana, in a 2014 survey, it's clear that there is a certain demographic this type of policy appeals to. Trudeau has so far got one thing right: "Canada's current system of marijuana prohibition does not work." Illegal cannabis sales make up almost half of the illegal narcotics market, which has been valued at approximately $300 billion American dollars. Legalization will take this money away from organized crime, depriving them of a substantial amount of income. This perspective runs in stark contrast to that of his predecessor who has called the drug "infinitely worse" than tobacco and claims that legalizing the drug will make it readily accessible to children, both claims which have little basis. Though Trudeau has realized that the use of marijuana is not a problem that Canada can convict itself out of, the NDP don't think that this is enough, lambasting the PM for not putting legislation into place sooner and contributing to the number of young Canadians who will have criminal records for the rest of their lives due to a soon-to-be archaic law. The legislation is due to hit the streets by spring 2017, but what has taken the government so long?
Tucson Weekly, 27 Oct 2016 - Legalization Props: Part two We're two weeks out from the Nov. 8 election and the Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy have been kicking their "No on 205" campaign into high gear with a slew of ads filled with misleading information and flat out lies to dissuade voters from passing a law that would be part of any real responsible drug policy.
Ottawa Sun, 25 Oct 2016 - Ottawa Police send warning letter Ottawa police have warned landlords renting space to illegal marijuana dispensaries that the businesses may face police action and the properties could even be seized.
Hamilton Spectator, 25 Oct 2016 - Inmates already facing drug charges: police Body scanner technology is up and running at the Barton Jail, as part of the province's efforts to combat smuggling. More than 1,750 Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre (HWDC) inmates have gone through the scanner since it was activated on Sept. 6, according to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Petrolia Topic, 26 Oct 2016 - Modern medicine has evolved greatly over the years in treating cancer and other illnesses. We have radiation and chemotherapy to reduce tumour growths, we have opioids to decrease pain and there are a number of over the counter drugs we can buy when we're feeling under the weather. But what about using marijuana in treatments for life threatening diseases and other life-altering ailments?